Summary Report of the Activities of the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems Project in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
The USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project provided short-term technical assistance (STTA) over a period of approximately 18 months in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, supporting 46 functioning health facilities – 40 primary health care centers and polyclinics, five district hospitals, and one national hospital – to carry out quality improvement (QI) activities aimed at:
- Increasing the number and proportion of infants affected by Congenital Syndrome associated with Zika virus (CSaZ) receiving timely recommended care
- Increasing the proportion of children under five attending well-baby clinics who are screened for neurodevelopmental delays in accordance to national and international guidelines, and for those identified as suspected of or having a neurodevelopmental delay, further referred to the appropriate level of specialized care
- Improving newborn care, specifically focused on improving standard evaluation at birth to detect suspected CSaZ
- Improving the skills of health care workers to provide quality psychosocial support services for mothers and families affected by Zika
This summary report highlights the key ASSIST activities and results in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.